Friday, 13 January 2017

A Year in Review: New Zealand


I don't think I managed a single post in 2016 so I am taking time to stock take 16 things to remember from 2016 before I can't remember them... So here goes...

When Nugget turned ten, he and I had a trip to Nepal. It was such a wonderful experience to have together; something we connect over regularly. All the little in-jokes about selfie-sticks and pea-cocks and the memories. Such beautiful memories. It was a real bonding moment for us; our first experience as equals.

We wanted Doo Dah to have a similar opportunity when he turned ten this year. Unfortunately for me, it was the Geege's turn to have the overseas trip bonding experience, so I didn't get a guernsey for this one, but the boys had a trip to New Zealand while we were away in the Warrumbungles.

A few of their favourite things...


  • The Luge at Queenstown
  • Nepalese Dumplings from the Noodle Market eaten by Lake Wakatipu
  • Mini golf and Jet Boat rides in Queenstown
  • Ferg Burgers - Chief Wiggum and Cockadoodle Doo
  • Rock skimming in the many rivers
  • Juicy Lucy van
  • Leaning tower of Wanaka
  • Visit to Mt Cook
  • Bouldering at Castle Hill, NZ
  • Lake Tekapo aka Lake Take-a-poo
  • Tobbogganing sans toboggan at Coronet Peak
  • Erik's fish'n'chips at the beach

The Geege's final facebook update spoke volumes to me about the importance of this trip:
"2 weeks with my boy Dec in NZ. Memories made and forever held. Love you Dec. See you soon family".



Have you had a 1:1 trip with any of your children? How did you find it?


PS: I will be back in a week or so - am off to Fraser Island with the fam.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Year in Review: Warrumbungles


I don't think I managed a single post in 2016 so I am taking time to stock take 16 things to remember from 2016 before I can't remember them... So here goes...


I took the September school holidays off to hang with the kids while Greg and Dec went to New Zealand (more on that tomorrow). We ended up getting an invite to camp for a week in the Warrumbungles with some friends.

The Warrumbungles National Park is in NSW, near Coonabarabran. It has stunning scenery and beautiful flora and fauna and is a place of peace and serenity (except when we visit!). We had visited briefly a few years back and I had always wanted to spend some quality time there.

I took three of my kids and a friend of Nugget's. We had a wonderful time exploring the National Park and surrounds, managing a few longer bushwalks to the Breadknife and Grand High Tops, Split Rock and some shorter walks along the Burbie Canyon. The views were magnificent!



Coonabarabran is the astronomy capital of Australia. Such big skies! We had a talk by an astronomer at the NP and also visited the local observatory, Siding Spring which, conveniently had its annual open day while we were in the area.

Camping with four children is only possible with a community of helpful, supportive friends around you. Not only to assist with the mundane tasks of cooking and the ever-present washing-up but essentially to enjoy a wine or three at the end of a strenuous day.

It was a great little trip and I highly recommend a visit!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Year in Review - The End of Primary School


I don't think I managed a single post in 2016 so I am taking time to stock take 16 things to remember from 2016 before I can't remember them... So here goes...

Nugget finished primary school in December. Let me just let that sink in for a minute... I am now the mother of a high-school child! 

Time really does fly. 

He is a funny, smart and loyal soul with a passion for music and writing. He is ready to tackle high-school after a Year 6 packed with exciting experiences, opportunities and memories. He was a zombie at the Bushland Fair, he was a school Ambassador, he won the Commitment to Band Award, he enjoyed the excursion to Bathurst and had lots of fun with his friends, all organised by him thanks to the power of social media. 

He danced the night away at his Year 6 Farewell and cried his eyes out on the last day of school. 

I am so proud to be his Mum!


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Year in Review - Byron Bay


I don't think I managed a single post in 2016 so I am taking time to stock take 16 things to remember from 2016 before I can't remember them... So here goes...

I slipped away for a weekend in September with four of my favourite women. 

We had the best of fun, enjoying all the delights that the coastal town has to offer - beach walks, massages, fantastic meals, cocktails, lots of drinking, and live music. Don't you just love Byron?!

There was laughter, there were tears, and a deep connection and friendship. 

Over breakfast at our favourite cafe, just 50m from where we stayed, we planned our next adventure - Samoa 2018! I hope we can pull it off.  Shhhh... don't tell the Geege yet!

So grateful for these wonderful women who have been part of my life for many years. So grateful for the opportunity to have a little space - it always breeds perspective and intention.


Monday, 9 January 2017

Year in Review - The Piece of Meat


I don't think I managed a single post in 2016 so I am taking time to stock take 16 things to remember from 2016 before I can't remember them... So here goes...

Doo Dah went off to a Cub event in August and ended up with oesphageal dysphagia!

That is what you get when you don't chew your meat and it manages to occlude your entire oesphagus so that nothing can move through it. 

After spending time at the local hospital trying some conservative methods to remove the occlusion, including using Coca Cola (what does that tell you about what Coke does to you!?), we took an ambulance ride to Westmead Children's hospital. They had to put him under to remove the 5cm piece of steak he allegedly chewed prior to swallowing.

Despite his protests, I am convinced that he in fact inhaled said meat given a) the size of it and b) he was participating in a points-based event at the time of the incident and, well, you know Doo Dah and competitions... 

A LOT of spitting  was witnessed that day- we really do swallow more than 2000 times a day. Poor sod. It was traumatic but pretty minor in the scheme of things. Please chew your food!

Side Note: I left my Tupperware container at the hospital if anyone has seen it!?

Friday, 6 January 2017

Year in Review - The Asbestos Crisis


I don't think I managed a single post in 2016 so I am taking time to stock take 16 things to remember from 2016 before I can't remember them... So here goes...

Five weeks after moving into our beautiful new/old house we received a letter from a government informing us that there was a possibility that we had asbestos in our ceiling insulation. 

The same insulation that all of our tradies had just crawled around in. 

The same insulation that had been spread all around the place when the ceilings were removed/replaced. 

The upshot was that if we did, our place would be demolished as part of the asbestos removal process. Imagine!

The health of our builders, tradies and ourselves was of course the biggest concern, but five weeks into our new home! The timing couldn't have been worse.

Needless to say this news was not well-received, and the fact that it would take up to six months for the inspection to take place was too much for this chicken to cope with. We couldn't wait to have our place assessed so paid for it to be done privately.  

Best $99 we ever spent. Three hour turn around and it was all over! 

Asbestos free!!!!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Year in Review - The Nomads


I don't think I managed a single post in 2016 so I am taking time to stock take 16 things to remember from 2016 before I can't remember them... So here goes...

We actually got our house extension done in 2016. It is quite the miracle. Five years of yes, no, maybe and then it was done. 

We spent three months in 2016  living with the Geege's Dad at Wiseman's Ferry, which translated as us commuting great distances during the week and staying every weekend at someone or others' home. I still can't believe people happily accepted our family of six to stay a night or three at their place, or to house-sit when they were going away, or cat or dog-sit their four-legged friends. We literally slept all over the suburb.

All three boys played soccer every weekend which meant there was training to attend - lots of cold nights and crazy amounts of organisation required to keep the show on the road, but oh how we appreciated being in one place in the end!

It was ridiculously exhausting, working full time, renovating a house, commuting up to four hours a day and hanging with our homies every weekend but also fan-bloody-tastic. 

What a community we live in! What amazing friends we have! What generous parents and families we have! And so easy when you keep your eyes on the prize...



The Final Prize <3 span="">

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Year in Review - Vincentia Holiday


I don't think I managed a single post in 2016 so I am taking time to stock take 16 things to remember from 2016 before I can't remember them... So here goes...


Seana from Hello Sydney Kids has a great pad in Vincentia that you can rent and we did just that in January 2016. 

We had the most amazing time hanging at the beach, RELAXING, reading, riding bikes, walking, drinking, catching up with old school friends and spending time with family and friends. 

It was just the thing to while away the school holidays and work on our tans.

I was truly grateful for the opportunity to spend time with my family in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia.

Water play for kids, Vincentia NSW

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